Supermarket becomes most expensive for basics after hiking price of chicken by 13%

Tesco's bill has risen from £12.32 to £12.62 in a week
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Shoppers were hoping for an end to the steep price increases in their weekly groceries but one supermarket has raised the cost of a staple product by nearly 13% since last week.

A weekly comparison of the six main supermarkets has been tracking the price of eight items - mince, chicken, a two-pint bottle of milk, a loaf of bread, coffee, teabags, butter and beans - for over two years now. After significant price rises last year, things had begun to slow down somewhat, much to the relief of shoppers, many of whom have been struggling to make ends meet throughout the cost of living crisis.

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Tesco has increased the price of its 300g pack of two chicken breasts from £2.35 to £2.65 since last week. This raises the cost of its basket of essentials from £12.32 to £12.62, making it the most expensive of all, reports the Manchester Evening News.

Lidl remains the cheapest for the second week in a row with a price of £12.11, followed by Aldi's £12.14, Morrisons' £12.27 and Sainsbury's and Asda, both at £12.33.

Aldi disputes the results of our weekly comparison, arguing that it does not consider like-for-like products or "the higher quality" of its products. The supermarket points out, for example, that Aldi beans are 20g heavier than Sainsbury's and that Aldi teabags are "better quality than the comparative products used".

Asda has disputed our comparison, arguing that our small sample of products does not provide a comprehensive view of prices and fails to consider its deals. The supermarket maintains that its Just Essentials range is the largest and cheapest available, rivalling Aldi's.

Here's the full list:

Lidl

White bread loaf 800g - 45p.

2 pints of milk - £1.20.

200g coffee - £1.99.

240 teabags - £2.79 (equivalent to £1.86 for 160).

250g salted butter - £1.69.

420g tin of beans - 28p.

300g chicken - £2.35.

500g mince with 25% fat - £2.29.

Total: £12.11.

Aldi

800g white bread loaf - 45p.

2 pints of milk - £1.20.

200g coffee - £1.99.

160 teabags - £1.89.

250g salted butter - £1.69.

420g tin of beans - 28p.

300g chicken - £2.35.

500g mince with 25% fat - £2.29.

Total: £12.14.

Morrisons

800g white bread loaf - 45p.

2 pints of milk - £1.20.

200g coffee (2 x 100g) - £1.98.

160 teabags (2 x 80-pack Savers) - £1.58.

250g Savers salted butter - £1.69.

410g tin of beans - 27p.

300g chicken - £2.65 for 330g, equivalent to £2.41 for 300g.

500g mince with 25% fat - £2.29.

Total: £12.27.

Asda

800g white bread loaf (Just Essentials) - 45p.

2 pints of milk - £1.20.

200g coffee (2 x 100g Just Essentials) - £1.98.

160 teabags (4 x 40-pack Just Essentials) - £1.60.

250g salted butter - £1.69.

410g tin of beans (Just Essentials) - 27p.

300g chicken - £2.65.

500g mince with 20% fat -£2.49.

Total: £12.33.

Sainsbury's

800g white bread loaf - 45p.

2 pints of milk - £1.20.

200g coffee - £1.99.

160 teabags - £1.89.

Salted butter 250g - £1.69.

Beans 400g tin - 27p.

Chicken 300g - £2.35.

Mince 500g 20% fat - £2.49.

Total £12.33.

Tesco

Loaf of white bread 800g - 45p.

Milk 2 pints - £1.20.

Coffee 200g (2 x 100g) - £1.98.

Teabags 160 (2 x 80-pack) - £1.88.

Salted butter 250g - £1.69.

Beans 420g tin - 28p.

Chicken 300g - £2.65 (up from £2.35).

Mince 500g 20% fat - £2.49.

Total £12.62 (up from £12.32)